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Sun-Up: Jon Runyan goes from gridiron to House; Kye Allums is a transgender basketball player; Madison Square Garden falling apart; Terrell Owens on Donovan McNabb; Pee Wee Herman and wrestling apparently do mix

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jon-runyan.jpgIt was a big night for athletes-turned-politicians.

Former NFL offensive lineman Jon Runyan was victorious in a New Jersey House race. The 14-year league veteran ran as a Republican and rode to victory on a wave of voter frustration.

Voters frustrated? That never happens.

Meanwhile, former NBA player Chris Dudley is locked in a virtual dead heat in the Oregon gubernatorial race.

After the jump, some non-political links to go with your morning coffee.
Trail Blazer
Kye Allums will becoming the first openly transgendered person to play Division I college basketball when the George Washington women's team takes the court for its Nov. 13 opener. Allums, who used to go by the name of Kay-Kay, is identified on the school's athletic website as a "male member of George Washington's women's basketball team."

The 2008 Minnesota Miss Basketball winner said pretty much everyone associated with the program has been supportive of the decision.

madison-square-garden.jpgMaintenance in Midtown
Start spreading the news, it's non-toxic today.

The world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, was unable to host last night's NBA game between the Knicks and Orlando Magic after crews discovered a bunch of dusty "asbestos-related" debris falling from the ceiling.

Now word comes that no asbestos was found. Bedbugs either.

The hubbub came just days after Magic reserve Marcin Gortat called New York City "smelly" and "dirty."

Well played, sir. Well played indeed.

Surprise, surprise
Never one to shy away from controversy or an in-use camera, Terrell Owens said last night on reality show -- oh, you mean you watched election coverage instead? -- that he understands why the Washington Redskins would have concerns about Donovan McNabb's conditioning.

"Well, I don't really want to start anything, but I did play in the Super Bowl and there were rumors where he couldn't get our two-minute offense going at the end of the game," Owens said. "I'm just saying."

The wide receiver and McNabb historically feuded when they were teammates in Philadelphia. Owens obviously got the last laugh because, come on, he has a show on VH1. That's rarefied air.



The secret word was Raw

And finally ...
Three-time surfing champion Andy Irons' death is being investigated as a possible methadone overdose.

The 32-year-old died in a Texas hotel room yesterday during a layover on a trip to his Hawaii home after a tournament in the Caribbean.


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